Two Huge Benefits Associated With Metal Roof Coatings
If your metal roof is nearing the end of its lifespan or has leaks or cracks, you have a decision to make. You have to decide how to repair the roof to solve the issues at hand. One option is to remove and replace your roof entirely. However, this can be costly and time-consuming. Another option is to retrofit your metal roof. Retrofitting involves basically installing a new metal roof over your existing one. The final option is to coat your metal roof with an elastomeric coating. There are pros and cons to each option. Here are two of the biggest benefits associated with using elastomeric coatings on your metal roof.
Metal Roof Coatings Increase Waterproofing Properties
One of the benefits associated with metal roof coatings is that they increase the waterproofing properties and protection of the roof. An elastomeric coating is a cross between paint and rubber. It is coated on the roof, and as it dries, it begins to harden, forming a thin, rubber-like layer on top of the metal roof. This helps to form an added layer of protection between rain and moisture and the metal roof. In order for a leak to develop on the roof, the water would need to travel between the elastomeric coating and the metal roof. Leaks can be devastating to a commercial roof, so having another layer between the water and your roof can be extremely beneficial.
Metal Roof Coatings Seal Inefficient Seams
The second major advantage to coating a metal roof with an elastomeric coating is that the coating can help to seal in inefficient or failing seams. The seams on a metal roof are where the metal panels connect, meet or join. Sealing seams that are beginning to wear or pull can help to increase the energy efficiency of your commercial building. Air that has been heated or cooled inside of your building can seep out through worn, thin or cracking seams. When this occurs, your heating or cooling unit needs to kick back on to re-heat or cool your space due to the lost air. Sealing the seams keeps indoor air in and outdoor air out, ultimately decreasing your energy usage.
Metal roof coatings may be a great option for some commercial building owners who have metal roofs that may be starting to fail. However, sealing a metal roof is not the best option for everyone. Here at MG Roofing, Inc., we can help you determine what the best course of action is for your metal roof. To learn more about metal roof coatings and whether your roof is a candidate, for metal sealing, call us today.